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Spreckels Park, Lathrop eliminated from District 67 junior all-star tourney

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Spreckels Park, Lathrop eliminated from District 67 junior all-star tourney

Spreckels Park pitcher Joshua LeLaurin gets the tag down on Tracy National’s Drew Nelson in a District 67 All-Star Tournament elimination game Friday at Sierra High.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED July 7, 2012 1:18 a.m.

Spreckels Park Little League’s 13-14-year-old all-stars landed the first blow, but it Tracy National delivered the knockout blow in a District 67 Tournament consolation-bracket contest at Sierra High Friday.

Tracy sent 13 batters to the plate in the third inning and erupted for nine runs en route to an 18-6 victory. Tracy American won the other elimination game Friday, setting up today’s all-Tracy consolation quarterfinal. Northgate, which faces Salida in the winners-bracket semifinal today at 2 p.m., is the remaining Manteca-area club in the junior-division bracket.

Spreckels Park’s pitching was depleted for Friday’s encounter, and with only nine players suited up there was little room for error. Things started well for the team as Joshua LeLaurin belted a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning. Anthony Arredondo led off the frame with a double.

Tracy National answered in the top of the second. Mason Stevenson’s sun-aided double put two runners on with one out. Jesse Shaddox grounded out but drove in Tracy’s first run on the play, and Brandon Hernandez lofted a bloop single to center field for the tying run.

It was all Tracy from there.

Shaddox highlighted Tracy National’s third-inning outburst with a three-run homer. Raymond Flores contributed a run-scoring triple and a two-RBI single in the same inning.

Spreckels Park was able to extend the game with four runs in the fourth, when LeLaurin came through with another two-run single. He finished 2 for 4 with four RBIs to lead the way.

Tracy National poured it on in the late innings, plating seven over the final three with aggressive base running and help from Spreckels Park errors.

Ricky Staas paced Tracy with a 4-for-5 effort from the top of the order. Mason Stevenson went 2 for 5 with a double and three runs scored.

 

Tracy American 8, Lathrop 6

Down 7-1 through two innings, Lathrop battled back to make a game of it thanks to a four-run sixth. The game ended with a runner left in scoring position.

Keenan Donatelli finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored, two driven in and a double. Marco Gonzales did well to keep Lathrop in the ballgame, throwing four innings in relief while limiting Tracy to just one run.

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